Text Box: JAZZ autographs
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MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN
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Phone: 212-860-5541 

 

Price: $200.00

EXCELLENT CONDITION

BULL MOOSE JACKSON - SAXOPHONIST

Autographed and inscribed 8” x 10” glossy original photograph of the jazz, blues and r&b saxophonist and singer dedicated to Clyde Peterson, c. 1955.

Benjamin Clarence “Bull Moose” Jackson (1919 - 1989) is a true musical puzzle.  He began his musical life in Ohio with his own band called The Harlem Hotshots in high school.  His most own band as a professional from the late 1940’s on was The Buffalo Bearcats, yet it had nothing to do with residing in Buffalo, New York.  His music was a mix of swing jazz and the blues, yet the hit which put him on the map was “I Love You, Yes I do” was the first #1 hit on the Billboard R&B chart in 1947 and remained there for 8 weeks.  The work sounds like vintage swing jazz, not R&B.

While Jackson, who gained his nickname Bull Moose for his football lineman frame, had numerous hits throughout his career, he is best remembered for his “dirty blues”, essentially swing jazz and boogie-woogie which he prolifically recorded and sold behind the counter.  They were rarely heard on radio due to the censorship of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Today, they are well known among collectors and some of the most suggestive titles are, “Big Fat Mama’s Are In Style Again”, “I want a Bow Legged Woman”, “My Big 10 Inch Record”, “Nosey Joe” and “Sneaky Pete”.

He left music in the 1960’s to go into the catering business and there was a career revival and new albums in the early 1980’s, but lung cancer intervened and he was only able to perform for a few years during the decade.

A scarce autographed photograph; this one is mostly fine with a small piece of tape at top center from previous framing.